Enterprise Administrative Services Suggestion for Azure Portal: http://tinyurl.com/m72bdwl
You can read a single page suggestions at: http://tinyurl.com/m72bdwl
Here is the overview of the content in the document noted above (and attached):
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After having an issue where I was unable to RDP into my VM I was very limited as to what I could manager via the Azure Portal. One item which would be very useful with or without RDP is a system services manager (i.e. Admin Tools > Services), so you can manage running services, turn on/off/restart and set manual, automatic, disabled. This is THE standard GO TO Management Tool as a Windows Admin.
Another item would be Manage Computer (Right Click “My Computer” > Manage), or at least a few of its features like Services noted above, IIS, SQL Server Configuration, WMI Control, Disk Manager, Device Manager, Users & Groups, Even viewer, etc. Items you take for granted as being an always available services in ALL ISP User Interfaces. These service views and controls are standard in simple web hosting even in a shared server environment, I would think and Enterprise Solution like Azure should also have these and much more. It is honestly quite disappointing what tools MS has made available (a bit embarrassing to be honest). As you drill down from Cloud to the individual VM, you really should have a web bases solution for these everyday services for Windows. If this was setup in what I would expect to be for an enterprise level solution, you would not need to RDP except for actual “Work” related items, as everything else could be monitored and managed via the portal. Microsoft has done a great job putting it out there and making Azure a player, now it is time to step up and take Cloud management to the next level and be the trend setters not just another follower/do the minimum.
If you need assistance, I am retired MS and I would be happy to be of assistance in anyway. I have been part of MS Corporate, MS Support, MS MCS, a Manager, and Open Source Community Builder, been part of several software startups, general community builder, etc., so I have a lot of knowledge and experience and it is all yours to use as needed. I would love to see these changes, I believe it will truly set MS apart from the crowd, so please leverage my knowledge and experience. I am willing to put my money/time where my mouth is, that is how much I believe these changes will be of value and a try differentiator from all the other “Cloud” solutions providers out there…
To conclude, the more standard management features we can get added into the Azure Portal the more affective/useful it will be, the more we will set ourselves apart from the rest (crowed), and the easier/faster IT Managers and Enterprise Planners will consider and adopt Azure.
One last thing, if MS was to add the above mentioned features, if it is done using Web APIs and SignalR APIs, the better. This would allow enterprise clients (and savvy admin) to automate management at a higher and easier to implement level…
This is a really nice idea. With our recent launch of the VM Agent in Virtual Machines, I think this is something we could likely enable. Let us spend some time thinking through this design.